Getting a PhD opens up a world of opportunity

“At times, I felt like I had failed for even considering an “alternative career”. I also felt like I was going to be contributing to negative stereotypes about women in S.T.E.M by leaving when I well prepared to succeed (preach Lily!!). I was at a well known institution, in a well respected graduate program, having won an F31 fellowship, and with a very supportive advisor. If I couldn’t make it, who could?”

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